“What is the key to creativity, and how does it help our mental health? Beverley D’Silva speaks to Artist’s Way author Julia Cameron and others about ‘flow’, fear and curiosity.
Creativity, according to Maya Angelou, is a bottomless pit: “The more you use it, the more you have,” said the novelist. “Creativity is intelligence having fun,” is a phrase often attributed to Einstein. While advertising supremo David Ogilvy came at it from a business perspective: “If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative”. We know creativity is alive in all fields of life, from medicine to business and agriculture. But the word – which derives from the Latin creare, to make – is most often associated with the arts and culture, and is believed to have first appeared in the 14th-Century literary work, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.”
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Ottoman Music Therapy
“Music has been used as a mean of therapy through the centuries to counter all kinds of disorders by various peoples. Physicians and musicians in the Ottoman civilization were aware of the music therapy in continuation of previous Muslim similar practices. There are numerous manuscripts and pamphlets on the influence of sound on man and the effect of music in healing, both in works on medicine and music. Ideas of Al-Farabi, Al-Razi and Ibn Sina on music were followed by several Ottoman physicians.”
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While art in hospitals is believed to provide comfort and promote recovery, it’s still a donor-driven effort.
Please refer to Artists in Healthcare’s annual report to read about our Art in Hospital Donation program which has recieved $359,000 of donated art given to Manitoba hospitals over the last two years.
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Artists in Healthcare are delighted that the Telus Future Friendly Foundation awarded $10,000 to fund a very successful songwriting program at the Manitoba Adolescent Youth Treatment Centre.
“Thank you so much for coming here, this has been really seriously helping me.”
“I love this, I’m going to keep writing after I’m out of here.”
“Oh, so you can practice expressing yourself, and you’ll get better at it…”
“We’ve been really impressed with the engagement we’ve been seeing. Everyone has been really interested and they get excited for every class.” -MATC staff
There are amazing mental health benefits from telling and sharing your story … thank you Telus!
The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre is a not-for-profit, government-funded facility that honours Jewish values and traditions while welcoming seniors of all backgrounds.
Our deepest gratitude to The Gail Asper Family Foundation and The Asper Foundation for their continued support of Artists in Healthcare. While some of our programs are suspended until is it safe to be back inside healthcare, we’re working on virtual music programming and our Art at the Bedside program continues to make art kit projects for patients.
Trying times bring us challenges and growth. Having ongoing support to continue work to bring joy and solace to patients is so important, needed more now than ever. We can’t express our thanks more sincerely .. and look forward working in new ways, to adapt to new realities as we find out what they are.